April in Paris? Oui! This week's Smart Deal from TourCrafters (tel. 800/621-2259; www.tourcrafters.it) takes you there for four nights, which gives you just enough time to check out some of the best Paris markets. Pack an extra bag for all the treasures you'll find.
There's plenty of time to explore the city at your own pace, but your first full day will set you off straight with a city sightseeing tour. The rest of the trip is up to you, with suggested visits to the Marais neighborhood for Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest covered market in Paris. Vendors include vintners, cheesemongers, and more. There is also a spate of restaurants that will serve just about anything you're craving. Other markets beckon, too, such as the biggest and most well-known flea market, Marché aux Puces. There, you can find clothing, old records, jewelry, paintings, and books -- and things you didn't know you needed.
The budget-boutique hotel included in the starting price is for the Hotel Le Quartier Bastille, a quick Métro ride away from the Eiffel Tower and other attractions. For those who love architecture and history, the hotel is situated not far from the Marais neighborhood and Place des Vosges. In between explorations of the market and nibbling on baguettes and cheese, you can also visit the home of writer Victor Hugo, who lived there from 1832-1848: his home is now a museum.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from New York to Paris, four nights at a three-star hotel, a sightseeing tour of Paris, buffet breakfast daily, service charges and taxes, and fuel surcharges.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Airport taxes of about $115 per person
Book By: As soon as possible to ensure availability
When: Daily departures April 1-May 15
Other Gateways: Boston (add $115); Chicago, Miami (add $175); Atlanta (add $216); Los Angeles (add $275)
Other Details: This package has blackout dates when there are trade shows and fair periods, which happen periodically throughout the year. When someone books the Paris trip at a time that coincides with a large convention, TourCrafters will tell the client to move their dates two days ahead or two days back to get a better price. Reservations must be paid within 72 hours of booking. Please also note that the website advertises the price from $899, but those prices are only valid through March 31. Hotel upgrades are possible; full details are on the TourCrafters site.
All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways and any single supplements, which is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.
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